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Nicholas Oresko is honored at a service Oct. 10, 2013 in Paramus, N.J. (credit: CBS 2)

World War II Hero Nicholas Oresko Laid To Rest

Those who eulogized Oresko spoke about his humility, his infectious smile, the way he could clear a dance floor, his signature bow tie and his hatred of broccoli.

10/10/2013

Medal of Honor recipient and New Jersey resident Nicholas Oresko. (Credit CBS 2)

Oldest Living Medal Of Honor Recipient Nicholas Oresko Dies At 86

The Bayonne native received the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman on Oct. 30, 1945. While serving as an Army Master sergeant, the badly wounded Oresko single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge and killed 12 German soldiers.

10/05/2013

Swinburne Island is seen from Chopper 880 - July 10, 2013 (credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

Check It Out: NYC’s Abandoned Swinburne Island

New York City is full of little nuggets of history long abandoned. Among them is the small, artificial Swinburne Island, located in New York Bay east of Staten Island.

07/10/2013

Purple Heart Returned To World War II Hero's Family (credit: CBS 2)

Purple Heart Returned To World War II Hero’s Family On Long Island

The medal was award to Staff Sgt. Arnold Haapala, originally from Elmont, who was killed in the invasion of Normandy during World War II.

07/02/2013

Bay Head, N.J. (file / credit: Borough of Bay Head)

Suspected Mine Detonated In Surf Off Jersey Shore

A plume of water shot about 125 feet in the air and a boom echoed through town Wednesday as a military explosives team detonated a suspected mine that a diver had discovered partially buried in sand in the Atlantic Ocean.

06/26/2013

Walter Contreras in front a plane for which he served as mechanic (via Bob Contreras)

Stories From Main Street: Mamaroneck Man Searches For Remains Of World War II Hero In Long Island Sound

When the weather is clear, chances are that you will find Bob Contreras from Mamroneck crisscrossing the Long Island Sound near Rye and Greenwich, searching for a missing plane and a World War II hero.

06/17/2013

A military honor guard carries the casket of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Frank Lautenberg, Senate’s Last World War II Vet, Buried At Arlington

The Democrat from New Jersey served in the Army Signal Corps during the war. He spent nearly three decades in the Senate and was its oldest member when he died Monday at 89, after suffering complications from viral pneumonia.

06/07/2013

Alice Lovejoy (credit: Handout)

L.I. Museum Honors Female Pilot Killed In Line Of Duty During World War II

Scarsdale native Alice Lovejoy was killed on Sept. 13, 1944 in a midair collision over Texas.

05/27/2013

CBS 2's Cindy Hsu sits down with Honor Flight LI director Chris Cosich and WWII veteran Jim Higgins. (credit: CBS 2)

World War II Veteran, Program Director Discuss Honor Flights

Honor Flight is a program that flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial in person.

05/26/2013

Carmelo DiGregorio (via Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Bronx Family Gets War Hero’s Purple Heart 70 Years After His Death

Carmelo DiGregorio received the Purple Heart in 1943 after being severely wounded in the third battle of Guadalcanal.

05/20/2013

Willie Wilkins with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, GI GO Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous and French Consul-General Bertrand Lortholary (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

New Jersey Veteran Gets Back Dog Tags He Lost In World War II

The Newark native lost the dog tags while serving in the Army’s Quartermaster Graves Registration Units in August 1944 in Southern France, where his job was to retrieve the dead bodies of American soldiers.

05/08/2013

Japanese Flag (file / credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

Controversy Stalls Fort Lee Comfort Women Memorial

Controversy is delaying the installation of another New Jersey memorial to Asian women forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers during World War II.

04/05/2013

World War II veteran Ray Vaz awarded Purple Heart and Bronze Star at ceremony with Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (credit: CBS 2)

Mineola World War II Vet Awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart In Ceremony

Ray Vaz, 88, was belatedly presented with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star during an emotional ceremony with Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.

12/03/2012

Holocaust survivor

Holocaust Survivor Reunites With Her Savior 67 Years Later For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving will have special meaning for a Holocaust survivor who on Wednesday was able to meet a member of the family who rescued her from Nazi tyranny. The two women had not seen each other since the end of World War II.

11/21/2012

Mayor Bloomberg marches in 2012 Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11, 2012 (credit: Spencer T Tucker/Mayor's Office)

Thousands Watched As Veterans Day Parade Marched Up Fifth Avenue

This was the first Veterans Day honoring the men and women who served in uniform since the last U.S. troops left Iraq last December.

11/11/2012

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